Mehandi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh as well as byexpatriate communities from those countries. The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi andturmeric is described in the earliest Hinduism's Vedic ritual books. Haldi(Staining oneself with turmeric paste) as well as mehndi are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered around the idea of "awakening the inner light".